No matter the weekend or the weather, Day by Day always seems to have a line. They’re only open from 9:30am to 2:30pm, so the window for brunch is a little tighter than some other spots in the city. They also don’t take reservations, but they do have very friendly service, a rotating assortment of stuffed French toasts, and potato pancakes with smoked salmon. Stick with the more classic American brunch dishes and skip the huevos rancheros for once.
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Abe Fisher is an upscale dinner spot in Midtown Village serving updated Jewish deli classics, like smoked short ribs and borscht tartare.
Pub & Kitchen
Pub & Kitchen in Rittenhouse is somewhere you’ll want to come with a date or friend and stay for a long time.
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La Peg is an American pub set inside the Fringe Arts building that turns into a huge beer garden during the summer.
Jerry’s is a renovated dive bar that serves good, gastropubby food and has a long list of local beers.
As long as you’re prepared to spend a lot, go to Barclay Prime for the best steaks in Philly.
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Middle Child is a contemporary diner/deli in Midtown Village that serves breakfast and lunch every day but Monday.
Sandler’s On 9th
Sandler’s On 9th is an all-day spot in Center City with everything from bagels and lox to poutine.
Cafe Lift is a good option for brunch just north of Center City. Make sure to get some cannoli French toast.
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